Child-care subsidy for workers to end

January 13, 1991|By Sandra Crockett

Because of incorrect information supplied by the state Department of Human Resources, an article Sunday in The Sun misstated how much of their child-care subsidies some working families would lose.

Low-income working families who have their children's day care subsidized by the state's Child Care Administration would lose their subsidies on these days only: Jan. 28, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, April 12, April 26, May 14, May 27, June 14 and June 28.

Low-income working people whose children's day care is subsidized by the state will lose either all or part of that help, a state administrator said Friday.


Due to a surge in the number of unemployed people seeking financial aid, the state no longer can afford to pay for working people who need day care, said Barbara Smith-Hamer, executive director of the state Department of Human Resources' Child Care Administration.

"In the past few months, there has been a marked increase in the number of working families applying to local departments of social services for help with child-care costs, but unfortunately there is no increase in child-care funding," she said. Child-care subsidies to low-income working families have nearly doubled over the past two years.

The state must, by law, pay for child care for certain unemployed families, such as those enrolled in Project Independence, said Clarence Brown, a department spokesman. Project Independence is a state program designed to teach job skills to parents on welfare.

About 175 families' child-care subsidies will be eliminated beginning tomorrow. The state had been paying day-care providers $10 a day for infants and $12.50 a day for children over age 2, Mr. Brown said.

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